According to an article in Sunday’s Compass written by city reporter Harry Minium , four candidates have announced for the retiring Don Williams’ Council seat in Ward One.
Harry Minium has said,
it’s not to early to call Norma Dorey the establishment candidate
For months, many of the city’s political leaders, including Mayor Paul Fraim and Councilman Barclay C. Winn, have been quietly searching for someone they could endorse to succeed Don Williams. Among those they approached: Planning Commission member and Norfolk businessman Richard Diamonstein and attorneys Chuck McPhillips and Peter G. Decker III.
All reluctantly declined.
Enter Dorey, a Willoughby resident who also maintains an apartment downtown. After being approached by Fraim and Winn, she said last week she’s “99 percent sure” she’ll run.
Norma Dorey has said that she has received
nothing but encouragement from the powers that be downtown
Asked about Wards Corner, Dorey said she doesn’t know the issues there well, but plans to get informed very quickly.
The three other candidates that have announced are Developer John Hadjikakos, retired Norfolk Police Officer Chuck Brewer and Ocean View artist, “Red Rooster” , Paul Trice.
John Hadjikakos, area real estate developer who said his priority would be redeveloping substandard housing in Wards Corner and Willoughby.
Hadjikakos will make the deterioration of housing and the commercial corridor in Wards Corner a centerpiece of his campaign. “I’m shocked about the violent crime in Wards Corner,” Hadjikakos said. “We have to get a handle on the crime before we can improve the business district.”
Former Norfolk policeman Chuck Brewer has not yet announced, but his Facebook page says he’s running. He has been critical of the spending of Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis.
A resident of blue-collar Ocean View, he may have some appeal with the ward’s middle-income majority. So might Paul Trice, the Ocean View artist known simply as the Red Rooster, who lives in Willoughby Terrace and says he will run his campaign from his home. Former Norfolk policeman Chuck Brewer has not yet announced, but his Facebook page says he’s running. He has been critical of the spending of Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis.